Super Bowl Sunday DUI Arrests - XLI a Rough One for Bears and DUI Suspects
By: Mike Stetzer
Super Bowl XLI between the victorious Indianapolis Colts and the humbled Chicago Bears was not only the highest rated Super Bowl in the last seven years but also a day for increased enforcement of DUI across the country. Sadly, it looks like attorneys who handle DUIs will be busy.
Here are just some of the figures that have been released for Super Bowl arrests this year.
- Oregon State Police made 42 driving while intoxicated with alcohol arrests this past Super Bowl weekend, according to a story in the Statesman Journal. 14 of those Oregon DUI arrests were made after noon on Sunday. Overall, these numbers are down from 2006 Oregon DUI arrests on Super Bowl weekend. Last year, there were 46 people were arrested for suspicion of Oregon DUI on Super Bowl weekend, with 17 of them occurring after noon on the day of Super Bowl XL between the victorious Pittsburgh Steelers and clipped Seattle Seahawks.
- The Southern Arizona DUI Task Force stopped 544 cars on Super Bowl Sunday as part of its DUI crackdown and arrested seven people on charges of Arizona DUI, according to a story in the Tucson Citizen<. Five of the seven arrests were made at a sobriety checkpoint set up by the Pima County Sheriff's Department. In addition to the Arizona DUI arrests, a task force report also noted that 25 people were arrested for moving or non-moving violations while five people were arrested for other reasons.
- The California Highway Patrol was out in full force in reaction to startling numbers from last year's Super Bowl. According to stats in a Gilroy Dispatch story, the California Highway Patrol reported 481 alifornia DUI arrests, 242 alcohol-involved collisions and seven DUI deaths on Super Bowl Sunday 2006. Figures for this year's Super Bowl have not yet been released for the entire state, but some local numbers for California DUI arrests are known. Three arrests for DUI were made in the area on Saturday night and one arrest was made in the wee hours of Sunday morning. According to a story in The Signal, CHP officials cited two DUI arrests and two traffic collisions in Santa Clarita Valley on Super Bowl Sunday this year. Those numbers were down from the eight arrests and two collisions on Super Bowl Sunday of last year.
- Delaware police arrested three people for suspicion of drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday, according to Office of Highway Safety figures in a story on the WMDT television station's website. Super Bowl Sunday marked the first day of the state's 2007 Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign, which netted 618 Delaware DUI arrests last year.
- The Nevada Highway Patrol, the Reno Police Department and the Sparks Police Department put a full-out blitz on DUI arrests this past weekend by adding extra officers on the streets and stopping drivers to check for DUI. The NHP said it made six Nevada DUI arrests in the Reno-Sparks area, with two of those arrests coming between midnight and 3:30 in the morning on Monday.
Extra DUI enforcement on Super Bowl Sunday comes as no surprise, since this unofficial holiday has been traditionally one of the biggest days for alcohol-related accidents, injuries and facilities. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) statistics, there were 91 total traffic fatalities on the day of Super Bowl XXXVIII, which was the 2004 game between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers. 58 (approximately 63%) of those traffic fatalities were alcohol-related.
Super Bowl Sunday was second to only New Year's Day 2004 for the percentage of traffic fatalities being alcohol-related. 68.9% of the 132 traffic related deaths on New Year's Day of that year were alcohol-related!